Research Profile

Jeanette Fitzsimons


Jeanette is a lecturer with the Centre for Planning Education and Research since November 2017 and is a qualified urban planner and urban designer. She teaches on the Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development, Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and Sustainable Development and contributes to undergraduate teaching for the Department of Sociology, the Department of Applied Social Studies and the Department of Geography. 

Jeanette co-ordinated and taught the modules awarded Highly Commended by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Excellence in Teaching Awards 2019. The award winning module included a community engagement component with the Glounthaune Community Association.

Jeanette has a BA (Geography and English) from UCC, a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from UCD and a Masters of Science (Urban Design) from UCD. She is a corporate member of the Irish Planning Institute and member of the Urban Design Group.

Jeanette has over ten years’ professional experience working as a senior urban designer and senior urban planner in multi-disciplinary consultancies in both Ireland and New Zealand. Jeanette's professional work included researching medium density housing for both the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment and for the Queenstown and Lakes District Council. She has worked on the redevelopment designs of Christchurch City and surrounding towns following the devastating earthquakes in 2011. She has presented expert evidence at New Zealand Environment Court, Council Hearings and Mediation meetings. Jeanette has experience in facilitating public consultation workshop and events in New Zealand and in Ireland.

In Cork, Jeanette's experience includes preparation planning applications and Environmental Impact Statements for Docklands, mixed use and retail projects. She was in a team who prepared recreational needs studies for Limerick and Galway.

Research Interests

Urban Planning; Urban Design; Participation; Walkability; Healthy Cities; Town and Village Planning; Cities and Regeneration; Gender and Planning; Skills of Planning Practice; Pedagogy of Planning; and International Planning.


Published Reports

(2019)Rathcormac and Surroundings: A Strategy for Development.
Brady, W., Fitzsimons J., O’Sullivan, B. & Ray, K. (2019) Rathcormac and Surroundings: A Strategy for Development. Centre for Planning Education and Research, UCC, Cork. [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019Excellence in Teaching Awards - Highly Commended Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Planning Institute Corporate Member/

Conference Contributions

(2020)Transport & Mobility Forum Cork: Female Change-makers Transforming Mobility in Ireland,
Fitzsimons, J (2020) Is there enough connection between the design of places and all possible users of those places?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Transport & Mobility Forum Cork: Female Change-makers Transforming Mobility in Ireland, Cork County Hall . [Details]
(2019)Learning Connections,
Fitzsimons, J (2019) Becoming Reflective Practitioners through Community Based Planning Projects. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Learning Connections, University College Cork . [Details]
(2019)Developing A Playful Vision for Cork City,
Fitzsimons, J (2019) Christchurch, NZ: greening the rubble, reclaiming derelict spaces post-earthquake. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Developing A Playful Vision for Cork City, Millennium Hall, Cork City Council . [Details]


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Irish Planning Institute - Technical & Educational Committee CPER Representative/
CACSSS Community Engagement CPER Representative/


 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer/


2001University College Dublin MRUPRegional and Urban Planning
1999University College Cork BAEnglish and Geography
2019University College Cork Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationTeaching and Learning
2006University College Dublin MSc (Urban Design)Urban Design

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Jeanette’s research interests relate to participatory planning, placemaking, the teaching of planning and enhancing the skills of planning students, processes of planning, healthy cities, international practices and urban design.

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Department of Geography


University College Cork, Cork